I am excited to be back after giving myself a bit of break from blogging. For the past few weeks, my beloved and I have embarked on some house hunting. For those who have gone through the whole house hunting process you would understand that it is not always a bed of roses especially in a competitive property market such as Melbourne. It’s going to be a while until we find our “perfect” home. My mum used to tell me “good things come to those who wait”, this is the mantra I go by in search for our first house.
When it comes to week days, it’s all about speedy cooking without much chopping and standing by the stove. That’s why I fell in love with this grilled chicken recipe which I’ve discovered behind the Leggo’s Tomato Paste box! The original recipe calls for drumettes but I prefer a boneless and more substantial alternative like chicken thigh fillets. It is simply the easiest grilled chicken marinade I have ever made, with only five ingredients including chicken, tomato paste, sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), sesame seeds and sesame oil. The last ingredient was my personal addition to the original recipe for more flavour.
These super delicious and easy grilled chicken fillets are perfect accompaniment for rice with side dishes such as sauteed Asian greens like bok choy or gai larn as well as sunny side up eggs.
If you prefer a lighter meal, why not pair them with pre-packaged Asian mix salad leaves and roasted peanuts/cashews.
1 sachet Leggo's Tomato paste (equivalent of 2 Tbsps)
2 Tbsps sesame seeds
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsps sweet soy sauce (Indonesian Kecap Manis)
500g chicken thigh fillets (4 thigh fillets)
Preheat oven to 180C. Line baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, add tomato paste, sesame seeds, sesame oil and sweet soy sauce and whisk until well combined with a fork.
Coat the chicken thigh fillets and arrange them on the prepared baking tray.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve immediately with your choice of rice or salad.
Tip: Coat the measuring spoon with sesame oil so that the sweet soy sauce will slide off easily.